A new era of dining at the Palliser, Hawthorn Dining Room & Bar re-defines the Calgary culinary experience with sociables and family-style dining from Alberta’s most trusted producers, farmers and suppliers.
The grand lobby bar embraces guests, perfect for after work drinks and a night shared with friends. The dining room offers a modern vintage experience in a comfortable setting with a rotating menu and carefully crafted wine list.
Paying homage to the past, whilst looking forward to the future - the new space sets the stage for old stories to be told and new memories to be made.
Executive Chef and Food & Beverage Manager, Fairmont Palliser
Eraj Jayawickreme, better known as “e”, realized his love for cooking at a tender age of 10. He was brought up by his parents to value food and hard work. Enthralled by the TV cooking shows of the early 90’s, he bugged his parents to allow him to cook, but being wary of a youngster burning down the kitchen, he was only allowed to use an electric skillet. His love for all things food grew as he got older, and at the age of thirteen, he told his parents that he wanted to be a chef one day.
With a unique interpretation of the “modern” kitchen, focusing on organization, discipline and being team-oriented, Eraj nurtures talent and ignites passion in his culinary team. Eraj pulls off classic Canadian flavours with grace, intelligence and admirable lightness of touch.
Executive Chef, Hawthorn Dining & Bar
Dave has over 12 years of experience in the restaurant and hospitality industry. Dave started his career at the Opus Hotel in Vancouver and in 2009 relocated to Calgary where he began working as Chef de Partie at the iconic Rush restaurant. Dave was quickly promoted to Sous Chef, followed by Executive Chef. After several years in Calgary, he relocated to Montreal and wrote the Omakase tasting menu for Park restaurant.
In 2017, Dave worked as Corporate Executive Chef at Murrieta’s where he oversaw operations in both Calgary and Canmore.
Dave was awarded Calgary’s Gold Medal Plate in 2014 and 2018.